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Only three teams at 3-0: Georgia's Andronikashvili flirts with triple-double in win
MATOSINHOS (Portugal) - FIBA U20 European Championship, Division B is headed towards the first rest day, and only Bulgaria, Belgium and Georgia are going there on a 3-0 record, with four more teams at 2-0.
Georgia handed Sweden their second straight defeat, with Rati Andronikashvili leading the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, good enough for a 73-64 win on the day. Sweden only shot 16-of-29 from the free throw line, and had just 9 assists as a team. After beating Armenia by 123 points, Sweden are down to an 1-2 record now.
Bulgaria are also on a 3-0 record, deleting all of Finland's efforts in an 84-58 triumph. Tsvetomir Chernokojev had an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double, Aleksandar Matushev scored a game-high 22 points for the winning side.
Along with Georgia and Bulgaria, Belgium are the only other team with three wins in three tries, defeating Slovakia 85-69. Haris Bratanovic, Milan Samardzic and Servaas Buysschaert all had 13 points next to their names in the boxscore, Vrenz Bleijenbergh put up 12 points.
Russia still unbeaten
Russia and Hungary are both at 2-0 in Group A, following wins over Iceland (90-69), and Ireland (62-49), respectively. In Group B, Czech Republic own a 2-0 record having scored in triple digits in their 111-76 victory over Albania. The hosts did not play on the first day, but have won both of their games since. Luxembourg had no chance, Portugal took an 86-44 win.
Top scorer of the day: Jan Zidek needed just 18 minutes to connect on 12-of-14 shots from the field, getting a day-high of 27 points in Portugal. Czech Republic have nothing to worry about when he's in the game.
Top rebounder of the day: Bulgaria's Tsvetomir Chernokojev picked up 11 rebounds, the most on the day in Matosinhos.
Top passer of the day: Vit Krejci played a perfect game, with 10 assists being the record of the day. Czech Republic won big, Krejci finished with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, 3 steals and just 1 turnover.
Top thief of the day: Kosovo beat Armenia 97-40 and Erhan Sholla stole the ball six times. Daniil Kasatkin was even more impressive for Russia, with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals, without a turnover.
Top blocker of the day: Nikoloz Metskhvarishvili erased three Swedish attempts, the same amount that Neemias Queta blocked for Portugal.